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What is the setting of “The Devil and Tom Walker?” 
C) A forest near Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1727 

2. Tom Walker might be described as 
D) stingy and cruel but courageous. 

3. Tom Walker’s wife is best described as 
A) generous and much loved by her neighbors. 
B) kind toward her husband, but cruel to others. 
C) yearning for companionship. 
D) fierce shrew, always nagging and yelling. 

4. In “The Devil and Tom Walker,” the woods are used to symbolize  A) evil. 
B) goodness. 
C) isolation. 
D) greed. 

5. Which of the following phrases from “The Devil and Tom Walker” is an example of Irving’s use of humor?  A) “Tom consoled himself for the loss of his property, with the loss of his wife, for he was a man of fortitude.”  B) “He knows how to play his cards when pretty sure of his game.”  C) “He insisted that the money found through his means should be employed in his service.”  D) “ ‘You shall extort bonds, foreclose mortgages, drive the merchants to bankruptcy—.’ ” 

6. In “The Devil and Tom Walker,” what does Irving use to symbolize hypocrisy and hidden evil?  A) The devil’s deal with Tom 
B) Mrs. Walker’s heart and liver, wrapped in the checked apron  C) The flourishing trees that are rotten to the core 
D) The Walkers’ silver teapots and spoons 

7. In “The Devil and Tom Walker,” what enabled you to predict the figure that appears to Tom in the forest is the devil?  A) He appears when Tom kicks the skull. 
B) He has large red eyes. 
C) He has a hoarse, growling voice. 
D) Tom is instantly frightened. 

8. Tom’s wife decides to go into the forest because she 
A) wants to escape from Tom’s unkindness. 
B) decides to make her own deal with the devil. 
C) gets lost on her way to the market. 
D) wants to pick some herbs and wild mushrooms for their meager meal. 

9. How does Tom die?
A) The people he has cheated rise up against him. 
B) He falls off his horse and gets trampled. 
C) The devil comes to take him.
D) He is...
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